January 01, 2005

Welcome to the New World

I didn't cross the Atlantic without knowing what was on the other side, but the passage from 'normal man' into parenthood, into full adulthood, deserves a rhyme just as much as Captain Chris' "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."

In 2004, Marion was all I could ask for.

Marion's birth brought me into a new world, and it's a world that I'm very fond of. She's out of the year of her birth now, which seems quite unreal, but it's just another step on the path of her life, and my own life.

With the start of a new year, we're drawn to making resolutions. More family family time is the #1 resolution (according to recent polls), followed by exercising more, and losing weight. I'm ahead of the curve on these, because I get more family time as a full-time father, and I've actually lost weight since I left my job. There are plenty of wonder pills that will help you burn fat while you sleep (or read, or dance, or poop, or whatever you wish to do), but I have a better way. If you want to lose weight, amuse a child for hours on end, you'll find that you shed those extra pounds in no time. I lost seven pounds in three weeks, while at the same time I'm adding to my ever-so-masculine arms by lifting and carrying my daughter.

This new world is full of good things, and I'm glad that you're here with me, to check them out.


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